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In SDNY Murky Mag Court Accused Car Thief With Ghana Passport Released Another Case Wheeled Out

By Matthew Russell Lee, Exclusive Patreon

SDNY COURTHOUSE, August 20 – While many even most cases in the Magistrates Court of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York are sealed or have case numbers given only later, on August 20 before Magistrate Judge Gabriel W. Gorenstein a man was presented and released with no case number being given.

His name was pronounced Christopher Ansa, charged with among other things exporting stolen motor vehicles. The Assistant US Attorney said he had a passport from Ghana and asked for location monitoring. Judge Gorenstein said the US had not met its burden and said he gave then ten to fifteen minutes to come to an agreement.

Inner City Press stepped out of the Magistrates Courtroom to try to look into the case. Going back in 10 minutes later it was all over - Mr Ansa still in a flannel shirt was being released. In the front Judge Gorenstein was wheeling out a case, to Judge Engelmayer. For this one, the spelling was given: US v. Michael Massaro. Judge Gorenstein asked the after-hours Court Security Officer if he knew how to turn off the lights, because he and his Deputy were leaving. Lights Out.

On August 14 before Magistrate Judge Henry Pitman a man with a Violation of Supervised Release from 2008, based on a case from 2002, was brought in shackled.

  His name is Cesar Turbides and Inner City Press finds in the file his 2017 request to SDNY Judge Paul G. Gardephe, to whom the case was reassigned, to terminate his probation which barred him from work programs in jail in Florida.

 Judge Gardephe denied the application, and now has set a status conference for next week for the detained Turbides. Inner City Press, the only media in the Mag Court for this on August 14, will continue to follow this and other cases.

On August 12 Juan Effren Paulino was remanded for illegal re-entry to the Metropolitan Correctional Center where Jeffrey Epstein was found dead on August 10. Even hours after the remand Paulino's case remained "sealed" on PACER. But during the short proceeding, with Inner City Press the only media in the Mag Court, it was said Paulino was charged with narcotics in 2010 and deported, re-entered and was charged with another felony in 2017. He's set to appear before District Judge Denise Cote on August 13. So why is the case still sealed?



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